UPDATED, July 5: Sidewalk work proceeds with some intensity in the Capitol Square business district, and Adam Auster, who has monitored work from the start, provides an update in his Word on the Street blog.
The official word about the progress of the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington in June was that work "remains generally on time," even with late design changes, including alterations to planters.
Project liaison Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis made the assessment, as reported by Auster's blog.
Supported by the Town of Arlington, the key changes involve the design of the Varnum Street crosswalk and the planters in the business district. The town asked for modifications in response to requests from the community. Read all of Auster's report here >>
As the second season of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. Corridor project is underway, a meeting to update the public about the East Arlington job was held Thursday, May 14, attended by about 35 residents at the Thompson Elementary School, 187 Everett St.
Minuteman High School in Lexington accepted a grand prize for its Girls in STEM program and a Minuteman student earned a silver medal during the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference last month in Louisville, Ky.
Minuteman’s Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) team was honored with the top award from SkillsUSA’s Student2Student Mentoring program.
Students Sarah Joseph (class of 2015, Arlington), Kaleena Gulledge (class of 2015, Watertown), Julia Ruderman (class of 2016, Arlington) and Alison Beucler (class of 2017, Medford) represented Girls in STEM at Minuteman, along with teacher advisers Becky Quay and Sarah Ard.
SkillsUSA allows students in career and technical education to participate in a host of challenging technical and leadership competitions.
The school’s Girls in STEM Club mentored seventh- and eighth-grade girls, informed them about STEM opportunities, education and careers, and provided them with outstanding female role models. Girls in STEM and Minuteman were each awarded $500 to continue their work.
The Arlington Friends of the Drama has announced that Jack Libresco, a recent graduate of Arlington High School, is the winner of the 2015 Denis Fitzpatrick Scholarship.
Libresco played the Artful Dodger in AFD's production of "Oliver!" as well as several other shows.
He was nominated for a DASH Award for best youth in a musical.
The scholarship committee -- Evelyn Corsini Alcorn, Cynthia Marsden, Wilda Ward and Joe Stallone -- was delighted when Libresco applied for the scholarship. "He's a very talented young man, and we expect great things of him," Alcorn said in a news release.
The Arlington High School graduate is attending Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in the fall, with a major in classics and economics and a minor in music and theater.
On the go? Can't decide what to do? Here's help (or more decisions to make) -- five things to consider doing this weekend, as suggested by Cambridge Day.
Yes, the website, a YourArlington partner, focuses on Cambridge, but its suggested events encompass an area within your reach. See the suggestions here >>>>
The Arlington Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to review and comment on Chapter 40B statute and get input about recodifying the zoning bylaw on Tuesday, July 7, at 7:45 p.m., in the Town Hall Annex, second-floor conference room. Meeting agenda:
1. Docket No. 3480 18 Harlow St.
2. Review of and comment on proposed 40B statute
UPDATED, July 2: Addiction is not a simple matter. Nab the dealers, and lock 'em away typifies the "war on drugs" attitude of the Reagan era.
Arlington Chief Fred Ryan, while the town's top law enforcer, tends toward community solutions.
He and Marian Ryan, no relation, the Middlesex District attorney, faced a hard topic with a softer-sell approach to selectmen Monday, June 29. A week earlier, three had overdosed in Arlington, and two of them died -- a male, 27, and a female, 21.
"We can’t arrest our way out of the problem," the chief said. "We [police] have been in a silo -- we need to get out of a silo."
Here are some of the steps the chief and the DA spelled out:
-- Under the new contract for town officers, which began July 1, police carry Narcan (Naloxone) and are trained to use the drug that stems the effects of opiates, including heroin;
-- Clean out your medicine cabinets, because leftover drugs invite trouble;
-- Target dealers for help (see more below); and
-- Address addiction through community outreach: Police and the town's department of Health and Human Services plan to open a drop-in night Tuesdays at Highrock Church, where families struggling with opiates can fund support from expert resources.
DRA, the Waltham-based firm that fashioned the feasibility study to renovate the Stratton School, will design the project as well as the modular buildings that will house Stratton students during the 2016-2017 school year.
In an email to Stratton parents and guardians Thursday, July 2, Bodie wrote that the Permanent Town Building Committee voted this week to confirm an agreement with DRA, long involved in Arlington elementary-school projects.
HMFH Architects Inc. of Cambridge is working on a space study to help Arlington public schools plan for the best use of its facilities as enrollment grows. The report will include detailed enrollment projections by a demographer who is studying housing turnover and population shifts in Arlington.
This study will inform final decisions about the site locations and the number of modular classrooms needed for the Stratton renovation year and for additional enrollment pressures. Bodie wrote.
School officials plan to make a final decision about modular buildings in late summer or early fall.
Arlington High and Arlington Catholic girls' hockey players have teamed up this summer to take to the ice this summer for the Metro team for the Bay State Games. The four-day tournament at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro starts Thursday, July 9, and concludes with a medal round Sunday, July 12.
Representing AC are sisters Bridget Crane, a junior forward, and Kathrine Crane, a goalie and will be attending Salem State University in the fall; Alexandra Keane, a senior forward; Abigail Knight, a senior forward; and Erin King, a junior defenseman.
Representing Arlington High is senior forward Laura Shea.
UPDATED, June 28: Chairful Where You Sit, a temporary art installation and fund-raiser, in its fourth year for Arlington Public Art, is coming up Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, at Whittemore Park, in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum in Arlington Center.
Join those involved for an opening reception and kickoff from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 10.
Buy a chair for $100 during the exhibit and support Arlington Public Art's projects, such as painting the transformer box murals.
Closing reception and Peoples' Choice awards on Sunday, July 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.
For more information, email chairful2[at]gmail.com.